If you've ever experienced a bed bug infestation, your first question was likely: how did this happen? It's an understandable impulse -- most people can't comprehend how something as disgusting as bed bugs got into their house. Everyone wants to know what causes bed bugs.
Science Trends recently looked at this question in an article titled, conveniently, "What Causes Bed Bugs?" The basic answer is more straightforward than you imagine:
Most cases of bedbugs are instigated by a handful of insect specimens being brought into a living space while clinging onto clothing or other belongings. Once inside of a house, they spread out and occupy as much space as possible, favoring tight enclosed spaces.
In short, bed bugs hitch a ride into your house and set up shop. You can have the cleanest, most well-maintained home in the world and still get bed bugs if one sneaks into a backpack or purse and gets inside.
Understanding What Causes Bed Bugs
Since there is almost nothing you can do to your home to keep bed bugs out, prevention starts with awareness. If you or another person in your home visits somewhere you think might have bed bugs, it's important to inspect yourselves and your belongings before entering your home. If you can spot a bed bug on your clothes or accessories, you can get rid of it before it infests your home.
And you will definitely want to catch bed bugs early, because an infestation can spread quickly:
After copulation and fertilization, the female lays a large brood of eggs. Females on average lay a total of 300 eggs over their lifetime. Eggs are very small but white and visible to the naked eye if looked at closely. Bedbugs breed continuously, so a small infestation can quickly get out of control due to rapid reproduction.
Once bed bugs are in your home, it's almost impossible to remove them without professional help. Our certified pest control experts have the experience and skill to get rid of bed bugs from your home. Call us now at 425-482-2100 to schedule an inspection!